June 2014
Vol. 28, Issue 6
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding to support the study of acid deposit and mercury data in NYS
  • Grants and loans for rural small businesses and agricultural producers
  • Funding to support programs with intensive recruitment strategies to find permanent homes for foster children
  • Grants to expand grief support services to underserved youth
  • Funding to support scholarly research at the Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Fellowships for professional original artists
  • Fellowships to support social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules
  • Grant writing classes


Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248

On the state level...

All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at grantsreform.ny.gov/grantees in order to apply for certain New York State grant solicitations. Potential not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process of registering and prequalifying immediately, as this is a lengthy process.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Environmental Research program seeks to increase the understanding and awareness of the environmental impacts of energy choices and emerging energy options, and to provide a scientific, technical foundation for formulating effective, equitable, energy-related environmental policies and resource management practices. The program focuses on critical information needs and research gaps associated with electricity-related environmental issues relevant to New York State. Through this program, NYSERDA is accepting applications for the New York State Acid Deposition and Mercury: Data Development and Publication Pilot program. NYSERDA seeks proposals to reanalyze data, datasets and synthesize multiple datasets to gain additional understanding of ecosystem function and response to changing nitrogen, sulfur and mercury depositional loads. Selected projects will be required to publish the findings either in open-access, peer-reviewed journals, or through a NYSERDA report.

  • Eligibility: New sample collection or chemical analyses are not eligible for funding under this announcement. Students are not eligible to submit proposals, but may receive funding support though selected proposers. NYSERDA reserves the right to reject proposals in which an investigator(s) identified in the proposal is an investigator on a current NYSERDA- awarded project with chronically delinquent project deliverables (such as reports). No investigator may receive more than 30 percent of the funding available under this announcement. Investigators are not eligible to have more than two active projects funded at one time.

  • Funding: $400,000

  • Deadline: December 30, 2016

  • Contact: Gregory Lampman
    Phone: (518) 862-1090 Ext. 3372
    Email: ggl@nyserda.ny.gov
    Website: www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2870-New-York-State-Acid-Deposition-and-Mercury.aspx

On the federal level...

United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced their Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to provide financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. REAP creates opportunities for economic development for rural businesses by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects via loan guarantees and grants. Awards can be used to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities.

Administration for Children and Families

The Children’s Bureau (CB) announces the availability of competitive grant funds authorized by the Adoption Opportunities Program through the Administration of Children and Families. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to test, by awarding eight discretionary grants, intensive and exhaustive child-focused adoptive parent recruitment strategies for children in foster care. The CB has found that intensive recruitment strategies have been shown to move foster youth into permanent families at a higher rate than traditional recruitment approaches. Proposed programs should focus on children/youth that are the hardest to place from the child welfare system due to age, disability or sibling group membership.

On the private level...

National Alliance for Grieving Children

For the third year in a row, the National Alliance for Grieving Children is collaborating with the New York Life Foundation to expand the Grief Reach program, a grant opportunity to fund children’s bereavement programs across the country in an effort to reach underserved youth through an RFP process. Proposals should clearly define the target population, local partners and strategy for expansion. The projects must be an expansion of services to children not currently served by the program and have a direct impact on them. Fifty percent of the children served must be from low-income families, or 50 percent of the children must be from minority communities.

Rockefeller Archive Center

The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) has announced funding for their competitive grant-in-aid program. This program provides research grants to foster, promote and support research conducted by serious scholars in the collections located at the Rockefeller Archive Center, which include the archival collections of members of the Rockefeller family, institutions and organizations founded by Rockefeller family members (including the Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, General Education Board, Rockefeller University, Population Council, Asia Society, and many other organizations) and from numerous non-Rockefeller foundations and nonprofit organizations, including the Ford Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Russell Sage Foundation, Foundation for Child Development, W.T. Grant Foundation, Markle Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Foundation Center, among others.

Scholar Awards…

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields – including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts – except the performing arts. The fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to: composers but not conductors, singers or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is now accepting applications for their Law & Social Sciences Program (LLS) to consider proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems, including though not limited to crime, violence and punishment, economic issues, governance, legal decision-making, legal mobilization and conceptions of justice and litigation and the legal profession.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes.
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: July 17
Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow.

Introduction to Finding Funders: July 17, 31
This class provides a hands-on introduction on how to use the center’s comprehensive online database – The Foundation Directory Online – to research and identify potential funders. The Foundation Directory Online contains over 100,000 profiles of grant-making institutions.

How to Approach a Foundation:July 29
Attendees will learn how to initiate contact with potential donors, plan calls and meetings, and build partnerships with sponsors. This class is intended for fundraisers who have some experience but are not experts.

In addition:

Classes are held at The Foundation Center, located at:

New York Library
79 Fifth Ave. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

For additional training opportunities, to register, or for more information, call 212-620-4230 or visit www.foundationcenter.org.

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